Green Lentils Kitchari

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup green lentils Vata + Pitta - - Kapha -
  • 1 cup basmati rice Vata - Pitta - Kapha 0
  • 2 cups water Vata 0 Pitta - Kapha +
  • 1 Tbs. ghee Vata - Pitta - - Kapha +
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds Vata - Pitta ++ Kapha - -
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds Vata - Pitta + Kapha -
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric Vata + Pitta - Kapha - -
  • 1 cinnamon stick Vata - Pitta + Kapha - -
  • 2 cardamom pods cracked (Vata - Pitta - Kapha -)
  • 1/2 cm fresh ginger finely chopped (Vata - Pitta + Kapha - -)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt Vata - - Pitta 0 Kapha +
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper Vata - Pitta + Kapha - -
  • 2 slices of orange Vata - - Pitta + Kapha ++
  • Fresh coriander for garnish Vata + Pitta - - Kapha -
  • Ghee for adding to the serving dish

Instructions
 

  • Soak the lentils over night, strain and wash.
  • After soaking it is recommended to cook the lentils in water until boiling, discard the water and wash.
  • Put the lentils back in the cooking pot with fresh water, bring to boil and cook until almost soft and ready.
  • Strain and set aside.
  • In a cooking pot, heat 1 Tbs. ghee on a medium flame.
  • Add the mustard seeds and when they begin to pop, add the cumin seeds, cinnamon stick,
  • cardamom and orange slices and mix.
  • Add the lentils, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Finally add the rice and mix well.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil.
  • Lower the flame, cover and simmer until all fluids are absorbed.
  • When serving, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped coriander and extra ghee.

Notes

Optional additions:
For Vata: eat with fatty cow’s yoghurt.
For Pitta & kapha: eat with goat’s yoghurt.

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